Third European Education Summit to address the transformation of Digital Education

Tomorrow, on 10 December, the European Commission will host the third European Education Summit, taking place online this year. Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen; Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas; Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, and Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, will all participate. Ahead of the event, Vice-President Schinas commented: “Europe puts a premium on fair, green, digital and inclusive societies. The European Education Area offers concrete initiatives to achieve this shared ambition together. European Universities, Erasmus Teacher Academies, Centres of Vocational Excellence and Erasmus mobility are emblematic of our European Way of Life.“ Commissioner Gabriel also said: “I look forward to hearing the views of so many people from the education world tomorrow as we take our work on achieving a European Education Area by 2025 forward and implementing our Digital Education Action Plan. To this end, I will take the opportunity at the Education Summit to launch a consultation process on the transformation of higher education. I will also announce another key deliverable of our European Education Area agenda – the Education for Climate coalition, which we will develop in the course of 2021.” EU Education Ministers, as well as education professionals and representatives from across Europe, will discuss the challenges and opportunities for the digital transformation of Europe’s education systems in the context of recovery from the coronavirus crisis and beyond. They will also exchange experience and best practice on mitigating the pandemic’s effects on education and training provision, and provide feedback on the Commission’s vision to create a European Education Area by 2025 and the implementation of its Digital Education Action Plan. The Summit will be webstreamed – links are available on the webpage.